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Nonlinear stability of the classical nusselt problem of film condensation and wave effects
Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • L. Phan, Michigan Technological University
  • Amitabh Narain, Michigan Technological University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-26-2006
Abstract
Accurate steady and unsteady numerical solutions of the full two-dimensional (2D) governing equations for the Nusselt problem (film condensation of quiescent saturated vapor on a vertical wall) are presented and related to known results. The problem, solved accurately up to film Reynolds number of 60 (Reδ⩽60)" role="presentation" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: inline; text-align: left; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;">(Reδ⩽60)(Reδ⩽60), establishes various features of the well-known steady solution and reveals the interesting phenomena of stability, instability, and nonlinear wave effects. It is shown that intrinsic flow instabilities cause the wave effects to grow over the well-known experiments-based range of Reδ⩾30" role="presentation" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: inline; text-align: left; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;">Reδ⩾30Reδ⩾30. The wave effects due to film flow’s sensitivity to ever-present minuscule transverse vibrations of the condensing surface are also described. The results suggest some ways of choosing wall noise—through suitable actuators—that can enhance or dampen wave fluctuations and thus increase or decrease heat transfer rates over the laminar-to-turbulent transition zone.
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© 2007 by ASME. Publisher's version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2198249

Citation Information
L. Phan and Amitabh Narain. "Nonlinear stability of the classical nusselt problem of film condensation and wave effects" Journal of Applied Mechanics Vol. 74 Iss. 2 (2006) p. 279 - 290
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/a-narain/38/